Democratic primaries take spotlight in House races in Va.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN  Voters stream into the Woodfords Club in Portland

Troy R. Bennett | BDN Voters stream into the Woodfords Club in Portland

In Loudoun, all but one delegate is now a Democrat, and Comstock now shares territory with only three Republicans in the state House of Delegates: Dels.

Just six of the nation's governors are women, and candidates in three states voting on Tuesday are hoping to position themselves to join their ranks.

Voters can only participate in one primary.

The Nevada and North Dakota Senate primaries aren't likely to yield surprises, but they will formally establish the general election field in races that are considered toss-ups.

Democrats have already nominated Leslie Cockburn at a party convention in the fifth district, which leans Republican but is losing incumbent GOP Representative Tom Garrett, who cited a drinking problem in his decision not to run again.

Nevada also has an interesting governor's race, with six Democrats and seven Republicans vying to run for a position that's been controlled by the GOP for almost 20 years. Formerly a safe Republican district, the 7th made national news in 2014 when Brat ousted Rep. Eric Cantor, then the house majority leader, in a shocking primary. Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Christina Giunchigliani are the front-runners among Democrats.

Dave Moore, an American party candidate, will appear on November's general election ballot as well.

Tuesday's elections in ME are notable not so much because of who's running but because of how the election itself will unfold.

When he was Lt. Gov.in 2016, McMaster's decision to buck his own governor, Nikki Haley, and endorse Trump in pivotal SC primary, helped end Jeb Bush's candidacy and secure Trump's role as the Republican front-runner. The victor will challenge GOP Representative Dave Brat, who is seen as potentially vulnerable.

Comstock is facing a primary challenge of her own, from conservative challenger Shak Hill. The other top contenders are former State Department official Alison Friedman, Army veteran Dan Helmer and Lindsey Davis Stover, a former adviser on veterans policy.

This office is now held by Republican Robert Wittman.

Two years ago, LuAnn Bennett became the first 10th District Democrat to win in Loudoun since 1978, but only by 150 votes.

The South Carolina Republican, who served in Congress from 1995-2001, was re-elected in 2013 in a special election in his Charleston-based district.

With both party primaries set for Tuesday, strong Democratic candidates are expected to emerge to challenge almost every major statewide office now held by Nevada Republicans, offering Democrats their best shot in years to seize political control over the state.

If Democrats have any shot of winning control of the Senate, they'll need to successfully defend Sen.

In Maine, where Trump lost by 3 points in 2016, many Republicans and Democrats are running to replace Gov. Paul LePage (R-Nev.). If he loses, it would be a warning to other incumbent Republicans who have criticized Trump in the past. Taylor is running for reelection on the Republican ballot for this primary. McMaster has been endorsed by Trump.

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